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School District Earns Positive Results on Advanced Placement, College Board Assessments

The Aiken County Public School District’s "rigorous" academic offerings have earned a number of schools “advanced placement” among the state’s highest performing schools according to 2019 data releases from the College Board, including Wednesday's release of ACT scores.

The district announced the results in a news release Wednesday afternoon.

Among the academic highlights are South Aiken High School’s average composite score, which exceeded the state and national SAT average composite scores, and Aiken Scholars Academy’s Advanced Placement Exam college-credit rate of 81%, making Aiken County one of only 11 school districts in the state to have a school achieve a qualifying score rate above 80 percent.

Advanced Placement

In Aiken County, the number of students participating in advanced coursework at the high school level has increased with student participation at just 866 in 2016, increasing to 1,867 in 2019, representing a 115% increase in just three years. Along with the rise in student participants, scores of 3, 4, and 5 on the Advanced Placement exam have increased as well, growing to 1,082 in 2019 from 700 qualifying scores in 2016.

Scores of 3, 4 or 5 on an Advanced Placement exam typically are recognized by most colleges and universities for course credit.

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Larry Wood/Aiken Standard